I have purposely not written a race recap for my last marathon. It’s taken me 2 weeks to make my peace with my finish time and injury. I was more than prepared for this race. I’ve never trained so hard in my life. I wanted to PR so bad I could taste it. So bad in fact that I made the decision on race day to not hydrate as much as I normally do so I wouldn’t have to stop to use the port a potty 🙄 #disastrousidea 😒 I ran with my hydration bottles that are approximately 8 oz each. In each bottle was my electrolyte drink I had been training with. At the END of the marathon both bottles were still have full 🤦🏾♀️ I stopped at each aid station for one sip of water but that was it. Couple that with the heat, sun, plus forgetting to take Shot Blocks at mile 22, and it doesn’t take a genius to see why I hit the wall of all walls at mile 24. I had to stop to walk 3 times the last HALF MILE of the race. I was so tired, exhausted and defeated that I couldn’t even look at my parents to smile running into the finish. To say I was dehydrated would be a gross understatement. And all so I wouldn’t have to use the bathroom mid race 🙄 With the cramping, walking and brick legs, my PR was blown. The first year I ran this race I was just grateful to finish. I was so proud of my body for carrying me through. Year two I stayed true to my race plan and I hit my PR. This year I was never so miserable at a finish line. I couldn’t even eat the recovery food and could barely keep down liquids. Never again will I forsake my hydration! If this race taught me anything it is to stick with what you did throughout your training! Race day is not the day to change your plan 😒 Lesson learned. I will be back for that marathon PR. This time smarter, hydrated and with a huge finish line grin!
#medalmonday #motivationmonday #lessonlearned
St. George Marathon Finish Line